Saturday Through My Lens: Tuscany, Italy

Posted by on April 13, 2013

Bridge over the River Arno

One of my very favorite places is Florence, Italy.  The history, the people, the architecture, the beauty.  The River Arno.

Duomo and Campanile

The dazzling centerpiece of Florence is Duomo and Campanile of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fioro.  They are masterpieces of green, white, and pink marble.

Florence Rooftops

The Campanile, also known as Giotto's Tower, is 278 feet high.  There are 414 calf-wrenching steps to climb to the top, but the views of the Florence skyline make it worth it.

The Duomo in the Rising Sun

The Duomo is the tallest building in Florence.  At the time it was built in 1463, its massive top dome was the largest in the world.

Window into FlorenceIf only these walls could talk.  Oh, the history they would tell!

Glass River

Not only is Florence absolutely beautiful, but I was told the city of Florence has more museums per capita than any other city.  I would like to visit them all!!!

San Gimignano Sunset

Venturing out from Florence, the hills and valleys of Tuscany, Italy, are filled with the warmest and most welcoming people in the quaintest and most beautiful villages.

A stone home in a village in Tuscany, Italy

Many villages in Tuscany are still located within the walls of former castles and strongholds.  But the towers and noblemen who ruled over them are long gone.

Towers of Tuscany

Some of these ancient towers still stand.  The village of San Gimignano is known for its dueling towers built by power-hungry nobles in the 12th-13th century.

Community Fountain

Now there are dueling tourists, not noblemen.  But San Gimignano still retains a quiet charm in its history and mystery.

Marbled Stripes

Paris may forever be my favorite city, but Italy is my favorite country to visit.  I would even like to live there some day.  A summer in Tuscany sounds heavenly.

Villa Belvedere Drive

Perhaps they would let me move back into my room here where we stayed at the Villa Belvedere.  I could live here!

Is there any where  you would like to live for a time?  If so, where?

4 Responses to Saturday Through My Lens: Tuscany, Italy

  1. Donna Peters

    Leslie I love your Saturday Through my lens. It almost puts me in your place. I love your explanations!! I’m probably the type of person that is into my family. I would love to be back in St. Louis or around there and my sisters and I would be neighbors. I would have to say Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be for me and my family. We all feel the same.

    • The Goddess Howe

      I’ve never been to St. Louis, but I visited the Ozarks as a child, and it was beautiful!

  2. Jan sheldon

    Italy is the only other country I would LOVE to live in! The people are so loving! The food is to DIE for, walking EVERYWHERE keeps the weight down (somewhat). Everywhere you look is breathtaking and historical.

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